Got a Story to Tell?

We’d love to hear about your experiences the first time that you saw a psychiatrist or tried to get mental health help.

As you’ll have seen from our home page, our goal is to empower people to take a more active role in their own mental health care, taking on aspects of care that aren’t being managed well by professionals. A big part of that is making sure people have the right knowledge and tools.

Knowing what has been helpful for people in their early experiences seeking mental health care is critical to this. And in particular, what didn’t you know back then that made things more difficult than they had to be? We want to know!

Some questions to consider:

  • what did you expect when you first went to see a psychiatrist?
  • what really happened during that first visit, and how did you react?
  • who has helpful (or not)—counsellor, GP, psychiatrist, etc.? how did you find them?
  • what caused the biggest delays in getting help? what could have sped this up?
  • what do you know now that you wished you knew then?
  • what advice would you give someone looking to get help for their mental health?

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